Despite using calming and relaxing methods, sedation may be deemed necessary by the Sonographer to achieve a full diagnostic ultrasound. Even a seemingly relaxed patient may need sedation due to abdominal wall tension or excessive patient movement, especially larger pets. Please discuss sedation with the owner prior to the date of the ultrasound.
Sedation is NOT a requirement, it is recommended with some patients but it is ultimately the decicion of DVM and the owner. Please contact us if sedation recommendations are needed from our specialists (*certain sedatives interfere with echocardiograms, please contact us with any questions prior to injection!).